On Friday 22 May 2009 an e-mail was sent to all UK MIL personel at NATO bases, ref the changes that will be coming on 30 Sept 2010 to the British Forces Post Office. At SHAPE this was sent last thing Friday Afternoon. What the Goverment have said is, that of this date ALL NATO based military personel and their families will no longer be part of the BFPO system (except Afganistan which will remain due to operations) What does this mean i hear you ask? all counter services will be stopped, your TAX free status will be invalid for all online shopping from the UK (NEXT,Amazon)Banking,(they will post to new address but they make your life hard for it), Insurance for house and cars, It means you have to use the local Postal services (of which some are a lower standard than than UK, you will need to pay import tax on parcels coming from UK. It has been said that a contigency plan was suggested and that was to lower the manning to minimal levels so they could still operate the BFPO service, NO was the answer we will scrap them all.
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